If you’ve been reluctant to try inks or using media that requires a brush, then I’ve found something that gives you the look of inks with the ease of colored pencils and it’s called InkTense Colored pencils.
Basically, using a natural fiber fabric, you color just like any other pencil and then you activate with moisture and that can be plain water, aloe vera gel or textile medium. Once it dries, it’s permanent. It really doesn’t get any easier than this!
I love embroidery designs that offer more possibilities for adding my own creative touch, especially appliqués and redwork or "color line" designs. A bonus with these two categories of designs is that they tend to be lower stitch count and therefore result in less distortion to the fabric.
Have you noticed the explosion in "adult" coloring books? Personally, I get the relaxation that comes with a soothing, rhythmic practice like coloring plus there's that sense of creativity without requiring any drawing ability.
Do you love Halloween? Do you love quilting? Then this fun mini-quilt is for you!
After I introduced the Winter Friends Colored and Quilted Wall Hanging two years ago (has it been that long?!), embroiderers have asked for more of these projects to have one up each season. Sounded good to me—I just didn't expect it to take this long!
Before I got into embroidery, I was a multimedia developer using such programs as Flash, Director, and Authorware. When we apply the term multimedia to embroidery, we generally mean "mixed media"—incorporating other techniques or products with machine embroidery.
Use open redwork or running stitch designs to quilt and add a little dimension to your project, throw in some specialty thread, and add additional color with colored pencils!